Sunday, October 25, 2009


A few days ago, when the cold weather lifted, the ladybugs were first to know.  They spun in the air and clung to the shingles.  They slipped inside the house and parked on the ceiling, hung from shade pulleys, and hugged the window screens.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

This is Poughkeepsie

“Suddenly, there’s Poughkeepsie, except for its spelling, an ordinary town.” 
 -Grace Paley

Poughkeepsie lies on the east bank of the Hudson River, midway between New York City and Albany, New York.  It's south of the Culinary Institute of America, north of the Dia:Beacon galleries, and west of Millbrook and horse country, all three of which are destinations in New York’s Mid-Hudson Valley.  But should anyone go to Poughkeepsie itself?